Our catalogue > Antique Tribal Jewellery

This page showcases all the jewellery & items of personal adornment from tribal groups in Asia, Africa and Oceania that we have for sale.

Most items have been sourced from within the UK, often from old colonial-era collections.

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7150

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    Rare Dayak Ironwood Ear Plugs

    Dayak People, Borneo, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
    19th-early 20th century

    diameter: approximately 5.2cm, depth: 2.6cm, combined weight: 165g

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    private collection, Germany.

    6797

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      Paduang or Kayan Lahwi (Long-Necked) Woman’s Brass Neck Rings & Anklets

      Paduang or Kayan Lahwi People, Shan States, Eastern Burma
      19th-early 20th century

      height (of the longest neck ring): 13.2cm, width (of the wiodest neck ring): 18.3cm, width (of the arm rings): approximately 9cm, combined weight: 4,437g

      Provenance

      Private collection, UK; collected during colonial times.

      7167

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        Rare Pair of Heavy, Solid-Silver Tuareg Bracelets

        Tuareg People, Niger
        early 20th century

        external width across: approximately 8.9cm, combined weight: 1,861g

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        Provenance

        UK art market

        7132

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          Mauritanian Bead Necklace (Tesbih)

          Mauritania & southern Morocco
          early 20th century

          circumference: 102cm, weight: 169g

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          private collection, Germany

          7144

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            Timorese Silver Ear Ornament

            Timor, Eastern Indonesia
            early 20th century

            width: 7.3cm, length: 7.2cm, weight: 22g

            Provenance

            private collection, Germany

            4480

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              Chin Minority Large Brass Spools for a Necklace

              Chin People, Western Burma
              19th century

              circumference: approximately 67cm, lengths of the spools: approximately 12.3cm, 12.7cm, 13.1cm, 14.1cm and 14.6cm; width of the widest spool: 2.8cm, weight: 373g

              Provenance

              private collection, London.

              6799

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                Pair of Nigerian Cast & Engraved Bronze Bangles

                Lower Niger River, Nigeria
                early 20th century

                external diameter (widest): 9.9 to 10.1cm, internal diameter: 5.4 to 5.9cm, combined weight: 1,330g

                Provenance

                UK art market

                6779

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                  Naga Blue Glass Bead & Brass Necklace

                  Konyak Naga People, Burma/India
                  circa 1900

                  length of pendant: 14.5cm, width: 6.2cm, circumference: approximately 72cm

                  Provenance

                  private European collection

                  6783

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                    Pair of Naga Brass Bracelets

                    Naga People, North-Eastern India
                    19th century

                    internal diameter: approximately 6.8cm, combined weight: 549g

                    Provenance

                    private European collection

                    4115

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                      Exceptional Collection of 18 Aztec Black-Clay, Tubular, Ear Plugs or Spools

                      Aztec Civilisation, Capilco, Mexico
                      14th-15th century

                      diameter: 2.1cm (smallest), 3.1cm (biggest)

                      Provenance

                      UK art market, prior to that Madrid, Spain from before 1974

                      4474

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                        Yoruba Cast Brass Opele Oracle Chain

                        Yoruba People, Nigeria
                        19th century

                        circumference: approx.: 96cm, weight: 178g

                        Provenance

                        UK art market

                        6247

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                          Naga Chank Shell Bead Necklace

                          Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
                          19th century

                          length: 60cm, weight: 216g

                          Provenance

                          private collection, London

                          4225

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                            Congo Cast-Brass Hairpins

                            Congo, probably Kuba people.
                            19th-20th century

                            21cm & 16.8cm

                            Provenance

                            Private collection, London.

                            6249

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                              Naga Warrior’s Brass Neck Torque

                              Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
                              18th-19th century

                              width: 16.5cm, weight: 135g

                              Provenance

                              private collection, London.

                              5722

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                                Zulu Wooden Ear Plugs with Bakelite Tile Decoration

                                Zulu People, South Africa
                                circa 1940

                                diameter (each): 6.5cm, combined weight: 61g

                                Provenance

                                private collection, UK.

                                5937

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                                  Pair of Dayak Solid Brass Pendant Ear Ornaments

                                  Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                                  early 20th century

                                  lengths: 7.3cm, combined weights: 396g

                                  Provenance

                                  private collection, UK

                                  5749

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                                    Pair of Dayak Brass Humanoid Ear Pendants

                                    Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                                    early 20th century

                                    lengths: 9cm, combined weight: 108g

                                    Provenance

                                    UK art market

                                    5724

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                                      Zulu Wooden Ear Plugs with Bakelite Tile Decoration

                                      Zulu People, South Africa
                                      circa 1940

                                      diameters: 5.5cm, thickness: 0.8cm

                                      Provenance

                                      private collection, UK

                                      5653

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                                        Necklace of Manabi Terracotta Spindle Whorls

                                        Pre-Colombian Manabi Culture, Ecuador
                                        500BC-500AD

                                        length: 68cm, weight: 104g

                                        Provenance

                                        Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a superb collection of ethnographica.

                                        5742

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                                          Pair of Gurunsi Bronze Bracelets

                                          Gurunsi (Grunshi) People, northern Ghana & southern Burkina Faso
                                          18th-19th century

                                          width: 9.5cm, height: 9.3cm, combined weight: 684g

                                          Provenance

                                          UK art market

                                          5973

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                                            Maori Curved Nephrite Ear Ornament (Kapeu)

                                            Maori People, New Zealand
                                            early 20th century

                                            length: 15.2cm, weight: 38.19g

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                                            UK art market

                                            4624

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                                              Cast Brass Senufo Ring

                                              Senufo People, Ivory Coast
                                              19th or early 20th century

                                              weight: 19.6g, ring size: 10.75 (US), V/V (UK)

                                              Provenance

                                              UK art market

                                              4196

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                                                Three Solid Copper Mossi African Hairpins

                                                Mossi People, Burkina Faso
                                                19th century

                                                7.5-9cm

                                                Provenance

                                                Private collection, London.

                                                5940

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                                                  Exceptional Pair of Igbo Man’s Cast Brass Wrist Guards or Cuff Bracelets

                                                  Igbo People, South-central and South-eastern Nigeria
                                                  probably 19th century

                                                  heights: 17cm, diameters: 10.7cm, combined weights: 1,150g

                                                  Provenance

                                                  UK art market

                                                  4864

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                                                    Bontoc Clam Shell Bead & Glass Bead Necklace

                                                    Bontoc People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
                                                    19th-20th century

                                                    weight: 169g

                                                    Provenance

                                                    private collection, UK.

                                                    4860

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                                                      Yellow Venetian Glass & Brass Bead Necklace

                                                      Andhra Pradesh, India
                                                      19th century

                                                      length: 84cm, weight: 280g

                                                      Provenance

                                                      UK private collection

                                                      4259

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                                                        Naga Bead & Bone Necklace or Girdle

                                                        Naga People, India/Burma
                                                        19th century

                                                        length (approx): 67cm, width: 15.5cm, weight: 517g

                                                        Provenance

                                                        private collection, London.

                                                        4046

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                                                          Rare Cast Brass Necklace

                                                          Vere People, North-Eastern Nigeria & Cameroon
                                                          19th century

                                                          length: 69cm, weight: 1,303g

                                                          Provenance

                                                          UK art market

                                                          4047

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                                                            Woman’s Brass & Beaded Headdress & Ear Ornament Set

                                                            Kikuyu People, Kenya
                                                            early 20th century

                                                            diameter of each spiral : 8.8cm; length of headdress: 38cm, total weight: 325g

                                                            Provenance

                                                            UK art market

                                                            3987

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                                                              Silver Double Axe Pendant (Taka)

                                                              Central Flores, Eastern Indonesia
                                                              18th-19th century

                                                              height: 6.2cm, width: 7.3cm, weight: 15.4g

                                                              Provenance

                                                              Dutch antique market; private Dutch collection; acquired previously in the Netherlands

                                                              4399

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                                                                Carved Shell, Glass & Wood Bead & Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Necklace

                                                                Mizo People, Eastern India, or Naga People, Burma/India
                                                                circa 1900

                                                                length: 80cm, weight: 100g

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                                                                private collection, London.

                                                                4261

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                                                                  Cast Brass Male Fertility Ring

                                                                  Muria People, Bastar, Madhya Pradesh, India
                                                                  18th-19th century

                                                                  overall approximate widest diameter: 5cm, weight: 52g

                                                                  Provenance

                                                                  private London collection

                                                                  4265

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                                                                    Cast Brass Male Fertility Ring

                                                                    Muria People, Bastar, Madhya Pradesh, India
                                                                    18th-19th century

                                                                    overall approximate widest diameter: 6cm, weight: 46g

                                                                    Provenance

                                                                    private London collection

                                                                    1984

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                                                                      Pair of New Guinea Cone-Shell Ear Ornaments, dated 1859

                                                                      New Guinea
                                                                      collected in 1859

                                                                      maximum diameter of each: 7cm

                                                                      Provenance

                                                                      UK art market; private collection, UK.

                                                                      2850

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                                                                        Cast Brass Pendant & Brass Bead Necklace

                                                                        Asante/Ashanti, Ghana, West Africa
                                                                        early 20th century

                                                                        length of pendant: 12.5cm, length of chain: 66cm, weight: 193g

                                                                        Provenance

                                                                        UK art market

                                                                        3091

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                                                                          Rare Pair of Ijebu-Yoruba Bronze Ceremonial Anklets

                                                                          Nigeria
                                                                          18th century

                                                                          diameter: 19cm

                                                                          Provenance

                                                                          private collection, Isle of Wight, UK.

                                                                          4222

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                                                                            Cast Bronze Hairpin of a Horse & Rider

                                                                            Dogon People, Mali
                                                                            19th century

                                                                            length: 19.5cm

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                                                                            UK art market

                                                                            4279

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                                                                              Chief’s Bronze ‘Tiered’ Anklet with Bells

                                                                              Gio or Dan & Wee People, Liberia & Cote d’Ivoire
                                                                              19th century

                                                                              outside diameter: 11.5cm, inside diameter: 7.5cm x 8.5cm, height: 4.3cm, weight: 517g

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                                                                              UK art market

                                                                              3933

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                                                                                Dayak Man’s Ear Ornament (Sabau) of Carved Hornbill Casque (Beak)

                                                                                Kenyah/Kayan Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
                                                                                19th-early 20th century

                                                                                height: 4.6cm, length: 10cm, width: 4.2cm, weight: 26.36g

                                                                                Provenance

                                                                                Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.